THE MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCED THE CLASS OF 2016 INDUCTEES.
GARTH BROOKS & THE G-MEN, DON FELDER, RICKY SKAGGS, SIGMA SOUND STUDIO RHYTHM SECTION, LOU BRADLEY, MARK MILLER, JERRY REED, ALLEN REYNOLDS, RON “SNAKE” REYNOLDS, AND JOE TARSIA
Nashville, Tenn. – The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum™ is excited to announce the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees. The Induction Ceremony and Concert will be held on Wednesday Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The Municipal Auditorium is home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and GRAMMY Museum Gallery™ at Musicians Hall of Fame. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster on Sept. 12.
Garth Brooks & The G-Men – Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history with over 137 million albums. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Garth is currently on the three-year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. In just over a year and a half, the tour is approaching 5 million tickets sold making it the biggest tour in the world.
Garth recently launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series that will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his next album. It airs every Monday on Garth’s Facebook page at 7:00 PM EDT.
The G-Men are a group of musicians who have played with Brooks on all of his studio albums. This show will be a rare opportunity to see the G-Men play with Brooks live in concert. Members include Bruce Bouton (steel guitar), Mark Casstevens (rhythm guitar), Mike Chapman (posthumously, bass), Rob Hajacos (fiddle), Chris Leuzinger (lead guitar), Milton Sledge (drums), and Bobby Wood (keyboards).
Jerry Reed (posthumously) – Jerry Reed, known throughout country music as “the Guitar Man” after his 1967 hit single of the same name, gained recognition not only for a successful solo career, but also as an actor and ace session player. After leaving school, he auditioned for Bill Lowery, founder of Lowery Publishing Co. and Southern Track Studios in Atlanta, Ga., who encouraged him to write more songs and booked him for a tour opening for Ernest Tubb. Success came in the early 1970s with “Amos Moses”, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” and “Lord, Mr Ford”. His session work can also be heard on albums by artists such as Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Bare, and Dolly Parton, among others. In 1977, he co-wrote “East Bound and Down” for the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” which he also co-starred in with Burt Reynolds. Reed was also only one of five guitarists knighted as a C.G.P. – Certified Guitar Player – by the great Chet Atkins.
Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section (The Sound of Philadelphia) – This group of session musicians created a genre of soul music with funk influences, often with sweeping strings and piercing horns, which sets the unique sound of Philadelphia apart. These musicians have added their talents to hits such as “Back Stabbers” by The O’Jays, “La La Means I Love You” by the Delfonics, and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Members include Ronnie Baker (posthumously, guitar), Tommy Bell (keyboards), Roland Chambers (posthumously, guitar) Charles Collins (drums), Bobby Eli (guitar), Dennis Harris (guitar), Norman Harris (posthumously, guitar), Vince Montana (posthumously, vibes), TJ Tindall (posthumously, guitar), Larry Washington (posthumously, congas), Jimmy Williams (bass), and Earl Young, the drummer who was credited as the inventor of the disco style of rock drumming.
Ricky Skaggs – Ricky Skaggs entered the world of professional music when he was invited to join the band of bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley. He moved into country music in the 1970s, first as a member of Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band and later as an individual recording artist on his own. With the release of “Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine” in 1981, Skaggs reached the top of the country charts and remained there throughout most of the 1980s, resulting in a total of 12 no. 1 hits. In 1982, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the youngest to ever be inducted at that time. He created his own label in 1997, Skaggs Family Records. He has won 14 Grammy Awards and has recently toured with Sharon White and Ry Cooder on the “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour, and a separate tour with Bruce Hornsby. Skaggs is the dictionary definition of a musician – although he may be known for bluegrass and country, he is multi-talented and is a master musician in most any genre of music.
Lou Bradley – Lou Bradley began his engineering career working for WPFA radio in Pensacola, Fla. where he built his own recording studio. From there, he moved to Atlanta and worked for Bill Lowery Music Co., where he engineered hits such as “Cherry Hill Park” by Billy Joe Royal and “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” by The Tams. He’s also worked with artists such as James Brown, Roy Orbison, and Joe South. He moved to Nashville and worked at Columbia Studios where he engineered the no. 1 country song of all time “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones. When Columbia Studios closed, Bradley worked independently engineering albums for artists like Merle Haggard. Bradley was one of five engineers to receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society.
Mark Miller – Mark Miller, a highly successful Nashville engineer, has engineered “18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses”, “Walk The Way The Wind Blows”, and “Love At The Five And Dime” with Kathy Mattea. And “Small Town Saturday Night”, “Past The Point Of Rescue” and “Mama Knows The Highway” with Hal Ketchum. Along with engineering all of Garth Brooks’ records including iconic hits such as “Friends In Low Places” and “The Thunder Rolls”.
Ron “Snake” Reynolds – Ron “Snake” Reynolds started at Nugget Records owned by Fred Carter, Jr. in Goodlettesville, Tenn., where he signed an artist development and songwriting contract. In 1972, he started working as a staff engineer with Columbia Records Studios in Nashville. In his 10 years with Columbia, he engineered almost every artist in country music as well as pop artists such as Dave Loggins (“Please Come To Boston”), Elvis Costello, John Hiatt, J.J. Cale and many more. He has engineered over 600 Billboard Top 40 hits including 60 number ones, 100 gold, platinum and multi-platinum records, has received 9 Grammy citations, 6 Golden Reel Awards and two “Country Music Engineer Of The Year” awards. Reynolds was awarded one of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society.
Joe Tarsia – Joe Tarsia has engineered an amazing number of classic pop music songs, earning him over 150 gold and platinum record awards. His engineering credits include albums such as “A Brand New Me” by Dusty Springfield, “To Know You Is To Love You” by B.B. King, and “Life Is A Song Worth Singing” by Teddy Pendergrass, to name a few. He is also the founder of the legendary Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, as well as engineer of almost all of the records from this area. Sigma Sound Studios, besides being a state-of-the-art recording studio, was the recording base of the sound of Philadelphia.
Allen Reynolds – Allen Reynolds has produced many hits such as “Talking In Your Sleep” and “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Crystal Gayle, “18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses” by Kathy Mattea, not to mention Garth Brooks’ iconic records “Friends in Low Places and “The Dance”. Reynolds also wrote the hit single “Five O’Clock World” while with the rock band The Vogues in 1965.
ICONIC RIFF AWARD – “HOTEL CALIFORNIA”
Don Felder – Don Felder is renowned as a lead guitarist formerly of the Eagles. He is the 2016 Iconic Riff Award recipient for creating the incredible guitar intro and solo in “Hotel California,” which has been referred to as one of the best guitar solos of all time. Before moving to Los Angeles, Felder taught guitar in Gainesville, Fla., where one of his students was Tom Petty. After moving to Los Angeles, Felder found himself working in both sessions and live performances with music legends spanning genres such as, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John, etc.
ABOUT MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
From Jimi Hendrix to Hank Williams, the Musicians Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of musicians from virtually every decade since the golden era of studio recording, starting in the 1950s, and from every corner of the country. With education being paramount, each section of the museum focuses on an important city in the history of American music – including but not limited to Detroit, Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Memphis, and Nashville, and explores each area’s contributions. The museum focuses on the session musicians who may not be well known to the public, but played on thousands of iconic recordings. The Induction Ceremony and Concert honors new members, nominated by the American Federation of Musicians and other music industry professionals, and ensures the continued growth of the Musicians Hall of Fame. The GRAMMY Museum Gallery™ is an interactive music space, which permanently opened at the Musicians Hall of Fame in April 2016.
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